ABG Systems announces that a renowned MRI implant testing company, Shellock R&D Services Inc. confirms that our UHF Tag LT56 is qualified to use with MRI technology.

Tests were conducted by recognized MRI safety expert, Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., President, Shellock R&D Services Inc. (www.magneticresonancesafetytesting.com) along with the valuable support by Research Assistant, Božena Čulo. MRI testing was performed at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California (USC).

Using state-of-the-art MRI facilities operating at 1.5- and 3-Tesla, Shellock R&D Services assessed the ABG Systems LT56 UHF Tag for Textiles in order to characterize the effects of worst-case MRI exposures, as well as possible MRI-related issues (magnetic field interactions, heating, and artifacts) using its sophisticated testing procedures. Based on the results, Shellock R&D Services recommended the labelling for the ABG Systems LT56 UHF Tag as “MR Conditional” at 1.5- and 3.0-Tesla MRI, and the maximum spatial gradient magnetic field of 4,000-gauss/cm (40-T/m)(extrapolated). Under the scan conditions defined, ABG Systems Tag LT56, RFid Tag for Textiles in hospitals is expected to produce a maximum temperature https://www.abgsys.com/portfolio/tag/ rise of 1.6°C after 15 minutes of continuous scanning (i.e., per pulse sequence). In non-clinical testing, the image artifact caused by ABG Systems Tag LT56, RFd Tag for Textiles in Hospitals extends approximately 5-mm from this device when imaged using a gradient echo pulse sequence and a 3-Tesla MR system. Notably, this is an extremely high rating for a RFid device.

The results of tests conducted on the LT56 UHF Tag will be posted on the international MRI safety resource website, http://www.mrisafety.com. The LT56 ABG Systems Tag is designed for industrial laundry applications and has been tested under very harsh washing conditions for thousands of cycles. Independent testing performed by Shellock R&D Services expands the product’s usability to include sheets and scrubs that be used in the MR environment.